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Slave Haven / Burkle Estate Museum

826 N Second St, Memphis, TN 38107 (Downtown)
901-527-3427
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Ranked #18 of 87 Attractions in Memphis
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Traveler Description: Slave Haven is the former home of the Burkle family. In 1978, the family revealed that the home had been a stop on the underground railroad in... more »
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

A completely guided tour of the house owned by a member of the Underground railway. I admit to knowing little about this piece of history, being a Brit. But the ladies who showed us round were very knowledgable and interesting. However on reading further into the subject upon leaving some of the stuff we were told (the quilt theory) has... More

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This was a very interesting visit. The house is a civil-war era house used to provide sanctuary for slaves escaping north. It is located in a run-down section of Memphis. However, my purpose was to learn about the role the house played in the Underground Railroad. The house is as you would expect, is very small. The tour begins with... More

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Bayside,NY
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

An amazing look at what people went through to escape. Guides were very knowledgeable and informative.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

The tour of this site was sooo moving! It's a small house, but the history & stories shared brought slavery & the underground railway back to life. The drawing of a formerly-escaped slave wearing heavy preventive/detection cage gear was SUCH an education of the horrific institution of slavery. How could people be so greedy & demeaning?!?

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Missouri City
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Very informative and thoughtful. Plan to return and spend more time to view the artifacts and truly absorb the experience! Plan to take my grandchildren .

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Our docent was fantastic, showing us a time that many people in this country would like to forget. Well worth the visit

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Lewisberry, Pennsylvania
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39 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The forethought that went into this house by Mr. Burkle was amazing. I loved hearing the stories and walking in the steps of the slaves that were in this house as part of the underground railroad. It is still a museum in process and you need to seek this place out but I would include it in a visit to... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This was a small but fascinating museum. Apparently house was used as a stop on the underground railroad. When we pulled up we weren't sure we were in the right place because its just a house in a pretty crappy neighborhood. But totally worth the time. Really interesting.

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Apple Valley, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We love history, and wanted to see the slave haven. However, you don't want to ask any questions because the two people that were there the day we went were completely aggravated because I asked questions, such as how they knew the facts of what they were telling us. I didn't doubt what they were saying but wanted to know... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Being in the cellar will stay with me. I actually asked to go down there a second time for more time to reflect on what my ancestors experienced as they risked their lives in pursuit of freedom, and thankfully, the tour guide allowed me to do so. The Burkle family story is fascinating. The presenters shared a lot of interesting... More

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